TRIPOLI, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) on Thursday announced the release of a foreign commercial ship intercepted a few days ago in eastern Libya.
"The General Command of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces releases the ship Mabruka, which carries the flag of Jamaica, after searching it and completing the investigation with its crew," LNA's spokesperson Ahmad al-Mismari said in a statement.
The ship was fined for sailing in Libyan territorial waters without a Libyan permission or authorization, and also for entering a restricted zone, he said.
The crew of the ship, which was heading to the western Libya, consisted of nine Turks, seven Indians and an Azerbaijani, al-Mismari said.
Libya has suffered years of escalating violence and political division between LNA and the UN-backed Government of National Accord in the country's west. Enditem